Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

David Steals Show at the Double

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

David Steals Show at the Double

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Byline: By Martin Neal Evening Gazette

Delighted David Botterill stole the show at Croft on Sunday after his mad dash up the motorway.

Faced with the concluding round of two championships on the same day 140 miles apart, the adventurous Ingleby Barwick racer decided to take part in both.

And he capped an amazing weekend by clinching second place in the final Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship race of the season with a stunning charge from the back of an 18-car grid.

Botterill was up to fifth in his first Porsche Club Championship race of the season at Donington Park on Saturday when a misfire problem forced him out.

That made it impossible for him to finish in the top three in the final class two table - but a second in class on Sunday assured him of fourth place.

But no sooner had Botterill finished that race than he jumped out of his Porsche 924 Carrera and into his road car to hot-foot it from Leicestershire to Croft.

He decided to race in both meetings knowing that Andrew Morrison could pip him to second place in class B of the NSSCC.

And even when Morrison was forced to withdraw his entry when suspension repairs were not completed in time, Botterill still decided to go for it.

He had to start from the back of the grid for the classes B, C and D race after missing qualifying due to his Donington commitments.

But by lap two he was up to ninth in his Porsche 944 Turbo and he continued reeling in his rivals.

Early leader Ray Pollock was forced out by ECU problems to leave Botterill with a class win as well as second overall behind Tony Caig (Fiesta).

"I'd booked a helicopter to get from Donington to Croft," revealed Botterill. "But I decided to drive when I heard Andrew wasn't going to be there.

"It was a great end to the season - but this is my first year with the car and there's more to come from it."

Hartlepool's Darren Flounders (Fiesta XR2) took another class D win as he finished fifth overall.

But, despite finishing level on points with Ian Blacklin, he was denied the overall NSSCC crown on dropped scores countback.

"I've won my class in every race I've started," said Flounders, "and I feel like I've been beaten on paper. …

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